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3:27 am, July 13, 2014

OPM News

Retirement backlog grows slightly in July

For the third month in a row, the Office of Personnel Management failed to meet its monthly goal for processing retirement claims. OPM's backlog now sits at 25,601 claims, up slightly from June. OPM blames its reduced processing power on the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. To comply with the budget shortfalls, OPM was forced to suspend overtime for its employees in its Retirement Services division starting April 28.

Monday - 08/05/2013, 12:52pm EDT

Citing sequestration, OPM pushes back retirement processing goal

The Office of Personnel Management now estimates it will not be able to clear a longstanding backlog of retirement claims until next summer. OPM Associate Director for Retirement Services Ken Zawodny told Federal News Radio the suspension of overtime in late April has left the agency essentially treading water when it comes to processing retirement applications.

Monday - 08/05/2013, 10:00am EDT
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Hold on OPM nominee likely short lived

The White House says the Office of Personnel Management will issue the final rule on how the Affordable Care Act would apply to lawmakers and their staffs on Oct. 1. The Senate confirms the former OPM Director John Berry to be ambassador to Australia, the Census director, the CFO at Commerce and the Navy's comptroller and assistant secretary for energy, installations and the environment.

Friday - 08/02/2013, 02:27pm EDT

House wants to beef up agency customer service

Legislation aimed at improving response times and customer service across government agencies passed the House Wednesday.

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 07:48am EDT

Sen. Coburn to put hold on OPM director nominee

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said he wants an answer from Office of Personnel Management and the White House on how the Affordable Care Act will apply to lawmakers and their staff before moving forward with Katherine Archuleta's nomination to serve as OPM director.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 01:47pm EDT
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GAO advocates for a better-defined grants-management workforce

A new GAO report is recommending OMB be more specific in its guidance on grant management. The report said 5,100 employees are significantly involved in managing grants.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 06:29am EDT

Senators seek to eliminate 'official time' for federal employees

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill to eliminate official time for federal employees. Official time is the paid time that employees spend on union work.

Monday - 07/22/2013, 04:12pm EDT

Tester aims to strengthen OPM's oversight of security clearance process

Legislators want to strengthen OPM's ability to oversee the security clearance process to thwart under-qualified candidates from obtaining and keeping security clearances.

Monday - 07/22/2013, 03:04pm EDT
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OPM, AFGE test drive new governmentwide mentoring hub

The goal of the mentoring hub is to provide a one-stop shop and standardize, in many respects, how mentoring and knowledge sharing are done across the government. The first pilot focuses on human resources and problem solving. It includes a series of group mentoring events to share techniques for solving problems.

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 06:24am EDT
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Archuleta makes case to senators to be next OPM director

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members pressed Katherine Archuleta on her qualifications, how she will address the retirement claims backlog and on the use of official time. Archuleta appears headed down the path toward confirmation.

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 11:20am EDT
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New taskforce to help agencies use volunteers to meet goals

President Barack Obama announced a taskforce Monday to help agencies better utilize volunteers in achieving their missions. The Corporation for National and Community Service will lead the taskforce along with representatives from 18 federal agencies and organizations.

Monday - 07/15/2013, 06:51pm EDT

OPM hopes cyber-job database will help agencies fill workforce gaps

As the cybersecurity workforce gets older and closer to retirement age, the Office of Personnel Management is trying to help agencies find new talent. It's creating a new database of cyber positions that it hopes will help agencies identify the cyber skill sets needed to meet their missions. The Obama administration has made reducing critical cyber workforce gaps one of its top "cross-agency" goals.

Friday - 07/12/2013, 04:24pm EDT

Charities bristle at OPM's proposed changes to CFC program

The Office of Personnel Management's proposed changes to the Combined Federal Campaign, the annual federal fundraising drive, are getting a frosty reception from local charities. OPM wants to do away with the local volunteer coordinating committees and put in place a set of more centralized regional committees established by OPM. It also wants to require charities to pay an application fee and eliminate cash and check donations in favor of electronic donations. However, some charities say the proposed changes would likely lead to fewer charities joining the program -- and fewer total donations.

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 07:57pm EDT

OPM encouraging managers to prepare for post-DOMA benefit changes

The Supreme Court struck down parts of DOMA on June 26. Federal managers now must decide how to recognize legal same-sex marriages. Agencies also must update their enrollment systems to include same-sex spouses and their children.

Monday - 07/08/2013, 07:41pm EDT

Federal recruiting, NSA survelliance, and more

Linda Rix, co-CEO of Avue Technologies will give her take on a wide range of issues affecting the federal job market.
July 5, 2013 (This show originally aired June 28, 2013)

Friday - 07/05/2013, 09:37pm EDT
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Sequestration slowing OPM's efforts to clear retirement backlog

OPM processed just 8,683 claims last month about 2,800 fewer than it had initially expected to. That's the second month in a row OPM fell behind in processing monthly claims according to new OPM data. The agency was forced to eliminate overtime for employees in its Retirement Services operation at the end of April because of the automatic budget cuts.

Friday - 07/05/2013, 01:53pm EDT

Incomplete data, missing deadlines hinder agencies' telework goals

The Office of Personnel Management needs to beef up its role in helping agencies set goals for increasing telework, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a new report. Under the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act, agencies are required to take new steps to increase the number of employees who telework -- and OPM is required to report to Congress on agencies' goals for doing so. But GAO found many new mandated reporting requirements went unmet in OPM's 2012 report to Congress, the first since the telework law went into effect.

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 03:19pm EDT
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Retiring: Pays to plan ahead...

The No. 1 complaint people have after retiring is how long it takes them to get the first full annuity payment. Depending on a lot of things it can take anywhere from a couple of months to more than a year.

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 02:00am EDT

Presidential Rank Awards still matter even without the cash, OPM says

The Office of Personnel Management released a statement Thursday urging agencies to still nominate executives for the Presidential Rank Awards despite the absence of bonus money. OPM said winners will receive presidential recognition.

Monday - 07/01/2013, 03:27pm EDT

Federal recruiting, NSA survelliance, and more

Linda Rix, co-CEO of Avue Technologies will give her take on a wide range of issues affecting the federal job market.
June 28, 2013

Friday - 06/28/2013, 09:37pm EDT
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